Fr Robert McCulloch SSC Receives Award

February 17, 2012

Pakistan’s highest civilian award given to Fr Robert McCulloch of the
St Columbans Mission Society.

Australian born, Columban Fr Robert McCulloch has been awarded the Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam, the highest civilian award that can be given to foreign nationals with the citation:

“For services to Health, Education,

and Inter-Faith Relations.”

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Pakistan’s highest civilian award given to Fr Robert McCulloch of the St Columbans Mission Society.
Australian born, Columban Fr Robert McCulloch has been awarded the Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam, the highest civilian award
that can be given to foreign nationals with the citation: “For services to Health, Education, and Inter-Faith Relations.”
Fr Robert McCulloch has been in Pakistan for over 30 years. He is Chairman of the Saint Elizabeth Hospital’s Administrative Council which provides quality medical services to the people of Hyderabad and rural parts of Sindh. He also runs a medical outreach programme in rural Sindh.
He set up the first home-based Palliative Care unit in Pakistan which provides care for cancer patients who are terminally ill. He initiated projects, in 2007, to provide educational, spiritual, moral and personal formation for 150 Catholic boys and young men in Hyderabad. Two centres were set up: the Catholic Centre of Academic Excellence in Hyderabad and the Catholic Youth Development Centre.
His other major contribution includes taking steps to preserve language of Tharparker known as Parkari Kohli. He engaged experts around the world and worked on a script to turn this language into a written language.
During the floods of 2011 he arranged to provide food and medical treatment to over 1,000 families in Southern Pakistan and is building accommodation for the flood victims.
Fr McCulloch now resides in Rome after taking up an appointment as the Procurator General for St Columbans Mission Society in late 2011.
St. Columbans Mission Society is an International Missionary Society that crosses boundaries of Culture and Religion.
Fr Robert McCulloch SSC can be contacted on skype: robert.mcculloch49, email: robertbr@cyber.net.pk or
phone: 0011 92 315 207 2969.
Fr Gary Walker
Regional Director
Australia & New Zealand
St Columbans Mission Society
directorusa@columban.org.au
www.columban.org.au